21-22 Hunter Health and Safety Plan

  • Goals:

    1. Protect the health and safety of students and staff - physical, emotional, and mental  
    2. Consistent with local health authorities’ recommendations
    3. Guaranteed and viable curriculum for all students and schools  
    4. Adaptability and flexibility with evolution of COVID 19  
    5. Emphasize a culture of personal accountability and high integrity
    6. Encourage predictable patterns of behavior
    7. Limit Interactions & Isolate groups as much as possible. The more proactive and self-contained plans are, the less impact a building will have when they have a positive case. When there is a positive case does the plan and effective implementation of the plan result in remote learning for an impacted classroom, grade, POD, school vs multiple schools and/or entire District.
  • Click here to see full West Ada School District Fall Reopening Plan

Facility Strategies

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    Cleaning processes:

     

    • Frequent hand washing and/or hand sanitizing is of upmost importance in the spread of COVID.  Therefore, WASD has ensured that we have enough inventory of soap. 
    • Wall mount hand sanitizer stations have been placed in every classroom and high traffic areas (front office, cafeteria, gym, etc). 
    • WASD will be disinfecting daily, frequently touched surfaces such as desks, chairs, doors and door handles, light switches, and hand railings with the Victory sprayer (an electrostatically charged sprayer) in conjunction with the chemical; BruTab 6S (Disinfectant tablet).
    • 2 times a week schools will have a deeper disinfection of desktops, tables, and other surfaces tops with a chemical called SC Johnson TruShot Disinfectant. Along with this 2 times a week, student cubbies will be disinfected with the Victory Sprayer in conjunction with the BruTab 6S (Disinfectant Tablet). 

     

    COVID 19 requirements for face coverings: 

     

    • Mask expectations may change during the school year. See the district website for the most current information. West Ada School District / Homepage
    • Throughout the duration of the current pandemic, students and staff will be required to wear a cloth face covering (mask) that fully covers the nose and mouth and fits snug against the sides of the face.   
    • Face shields are not permitted for use as a matter of preference and will only be used to accommodate medical and/or communication conditions.  Face shields should never become an absolute substitution for cloth face coverings. 
    • Medical accommodations will be made for students with proper documentation from a medical provider.  The documentation for students will be routed to the school nurse who will then document the accommodation in PowerSchool. 
    • Prior arrangements, based on a team decision, for students enrolled in special populations will be honored.  The decision by the building administrator(s) about an acceptable mask is final. 
    • Violations of these requirements will lead to disciplinary action.  (Refer to the WASD Pandemic Operations Plan for additional information)

     

    Classroom layout:

     

    • All nonessential items and furniture will be removed from the room in order to provide more space to physically distance. Examples of nonessential items are those that have no instructional, learning, or job-related purpose. Classrooms will be arranged to maximize spacing of 6’ between student desks or tables.
    • If 6’ of distancing is not possible, seating arrangements will be made to create pods of 2-4 students. Each pod will then be distanced 6’ from the next student pod.
    • Students will minimize interactions within 6’ for no longer than 15 minutes.

     

    Library use, access and furniture:

     

    • The use of the library will be allowed by a maximum of one class at a time.
    • Access to the library will be on a limited basis. Students will not be permitted to go to the library at the beginning and at the end of the day.
    • All physical distancing and guidelines are in effect during use.
    • Students will use the hand sanitizer immediately upon entering and exiting the library.
    • Difficult to clean furniture will be used on a limited basis or will not be accessible during the 2021-2022 school year.

     

    Computer lab use and cleaning: 

     

    • The computer lab will solely be used for the keyboarding instruction and testing for the 2021-2022 school year.
    • Access to the computer lab will be on a limited basis.
    • All physical distancing and guidelines are in effect during use.
    • Students will use the hand sanitizer immediately upon entering and exiting the classroom and will use the sanitizing wipes on their workstation as a regularly scheduled task when directed by the teacher.

     

    Signage:

     

    • Universal precautions signage and reminders for proper hand washing/sanitizing procedures will be placed in the classrooms, bathrooms, cafeteria, and gym, music room, computer lab, and library.
    • Visual markers and signage will direct traffic flow in walkways/hallways.
    • Physical distancing signage or markings that serve as reminders have been placed on the floors in the following areas:
      • Main office lobby (include portable plexiglass barrier)
      • Library desk (include portable plexiglass barrier)
      • Nurses office
      • Select offices of at-risk employees
      • Bathrooms

Student Strategies

  •                Arrival/Dismissal:

    • Students are expected to provide their own cloth face masks to wear to and from school each day. If a student forgets to bring a mask, the school will provide them with one for the day.
    • Students will arrive at school no earlier than 8:45 and go directly to the playground or cafeteria for breakfast upon arrival. When the bell rings at 9:05, students will directly report to their outside classroom door to line up on designated spots that are physically distanced. 
    • Students are expected to leave campus immediately following dismissal at 3:55.
    • Students will keep personal belongings (backpacks, coats, lunch boxes) with them while on the arrival/dismissal/staging locations.

                      Office/Check In-Out Areas:

    • Students arriving after the tardy bell will enter through the main office doors and check-in using the typical processes.
    • Students will sanitize their hands at the front office area before going to their classroom.
    • Accompanying parents/guardians will remain in the main office area and must be wearing a mask while indoors.

                      Transitions/Hallways/Walkways:

    • Student walkway/hallway transitions will ensure safe distancing between classes.
    • Students will avoid congregating and/or stopping in walkways/hallways.
    • Students will observe visual markers and signage that direct traffic flow in walkways/hallways.

                     Restrooms:

    • Restrooms will be limited to the number of stalls available.
    • Expectations and universal precaution signage will be posted at student restrooms entry/exit.
    • All students will wash their hands in the restroom before returning to class.

    Classrooms:

    • Universal precautions will be taught and reviewed school wide.
    • Students are expected to wear masks in the classroom.
    • Students will use hand sanitizer as they enter the classroom and frequently as per teacher instruction or personal preference.
    • Students will use their own personal supplies and will keep them separate from other student supplies.
    • Students will be assigned classroom supplies (manipulatives, scissors, etc.) and will keep them separate from other student supplies.
    • Students are expected to take home assigned devices and personal items daily (backpacks, coats, lunch boxes, etc) so that cubbies, shelves and desks can be sanitized.

    Cafeteria:

    • The cafeteria will be open for breakfast starting at 8:45.
    • Cafeteria doors will be propped open to limit touching of surfaces.
    • All students will sanitize hands when entering the cafeteria.
    • Students will practice physical distancing and no-touch rules while in line.
    • Students will sit on one side of designated tables marked with physical distancing measures.
    • Students will practice safe, respectful, and polite eating habits.
    • Students will only consume the food provided by the cafeteria, brought from home, or store bought/delivered. Sharing food will not be allowed.
    • Students who need to use the restroom will first ask a cafeteria supervisor. Up to three students per restroom may be excused from the cafeteria at a time.
    • Students will exit the cafeteria and go directly to class by the time the first bell rings.
    • Breakfast tables will be cleaned/sanitized between student groups.
    • Students will have only one lunch choice each day, and they may select a fruit or vegetable, and a white or chocolate milk.
    • Students will eat lunch at their assigned seat in the cafeteria during their designated lunch time. They will dispose of their trash and their table will be cleaned.
    • Lunch tables will be cleaned/sanitized between student groups.

                      

    Playground:

    • Students will wash/sanitize hands prior to going out on the playground and when re-entering the classroom from the playground.
    • Students are not allowed to bring personal toys or equipment from home to play with.
    • Students can play with equipment provided by the school.

    Specials (PE/Health/Music/Library/Computer Lab):

    • Students will participate in typical specials.
    • Universal precautions will be taught/reviewed prior to entering the specials classroom.
    • All students will wash/sanitize hands prior to entering a specials classroom.
    • Students who need to use the restroom will first ask the specials teacher. One student per restroom may be excused from the classroom at a time.

    Device Management and Technology Support:

Parent Strategies

  •            Arrival and Dismissal:

    • Parents/Guardians will use the designated pick up/drop off loops and parking spots in the front and back of the school.
    • Parents/Guardians will not be allowed to wait with/for students during arrival and dismissal staging locations.

     

              Office/Check-In-Out Areas:

    • Parents are not allowed go past the front office/meeting room areas, until further notice. Parents need to check their children in and out of the building using the raptor system. Please bring your ID. We are excited to have a new security system on all our exterior doors. Please follow the directions posted near the front doors to notify the office that you are here. 
    • Volunteers and visitors are not allowed into the building until further notice.
    • Masks are expected to be worn when in the building and follow all physical distancing and universal precautions.

     

              Cafeteria:

    • Having lunch at the school with their child will not be permitted during the 2021-2022 school year.

              Playground:

    • Parents/guardians will NOT be allowed to wait with/for students on the playground during arrival and dismissal.

Staff Strategies

  •                  Arrival/Dismissal:

    • Staff will wear a cloth mask and ensure students are also wearing a cloth mask or provide them with one unless the student has a medical mask exemption on file.
    • Staff will assist in the supervision of students during arrival/dismissal.
    • Staff will reteach expectations for universal precautions during arrival/dismissal.
    • Staff will ask students how they are feeling when they arrive.

                     Office/Check in-Out Areas:

    • Office staff will utilize signage, physical distancing, floor signs.
    • Staff will reteach universal precautions during student check-in processes.
    • Staff will prompt students to wear masks and sanitize hands when checking in.
    • Staff will prompt students to take home and wash masks when checking out.

                    Transitions/Hallways/Walkways:

    • Staff will observe visual markers and signage that directs traffic flow in walkways/hallways.
    • Staff will avoid congregating and/or stopping in walkways/hallways.

                     Restrooms: 

    • Staff restrooms will be limited to 3 staff members at a time.
    • Expectations and universal precaution signage will be posted at staff restrooms entry/exit.
    • All staff will wash hands after using the restroom.

                    Cafeteria:

    • Staff will wash/sanitize hands before entering cafeteria and re-entering the classroom.
    • Staff will eat lunch in a sanitized, designated areas and will socially distance if eating in a shared location.
    • Staff will consume only their meal and/or food provided for themselves.
    • Staff will separate lunches/food brought from home in clearly marked bags/containers.

                    Playground:

    • Staff will remind students to wash/sanitize hands prior to going out on the playground and when re-entering the classroom from the playground.
    • Staff will provide students with playground equipment to use during recess.

                    Specials (PE/Health/Music/Library/Computer Lab)

    • Staff will remind students to wash/sanitize before entering the specialist classrooms.
    • Specialists will utilize non-porous, non -fabric- based materials and equipment.

Other Consideration Strategies

    • Meetings
    • Staff Gatherings
    • MDT
    • PLC
    • Professional Development
    • Positive COVID Testing
    • How to Help

     

                  Student Strategies: 

    • Students will practice universal precaution expectations during school gatherings/events.

     

                  Parents Strategies:

    • Parents/guardians including visitors are not allowed to enter the building, past the front office/meeting room areas, until further notice.
    • Meeting attendees will wear masks and practice physical distancing and universal precaution procedures in place.

     

                  Staff Strategies:  

    • All meetings/gatherings/professional development will observe expectations for physical distancing and universal precautions.
    • Staff will not share and/or provide food (potlucks) during meetings/gatherings/PLC’s/professional development.
    • Staff will continue to attend required meetings (MDT,504, RTI, Staff, PD) with universal precaution procedures in place.
    • Online replacements for live required meetings (MDT, 504, RTI, Staff, PD) will be utilized as much as possible and when available.

     COVID Testing & Reporting: 

    • Utilizing existing processes for communicable diseases, positive COVID cases, knowledge of individual who has received COVID test and is awaiting results, or knowledge of an exposure, will be reported to the Health Services department with consideration of the following:
      • Confidentiality with ADA and HIPAA will be maintained.
      • Staff member contacts the school nurse. The school nurse will follow Health Services process for handling of communicable diseases.
      • Independent decisions to send out communication will not occur.

     How families can help: 

    • Continue to monitor your child’s physical condition.
    • If your child is sick, please keep them home and report the illness to the school.
    • Like the school environment, it is imperative that the home is kept as clean as possible and proper hygiene protocols are followed.

                Updated:  November 20, 2020